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October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 16, 2014

Transgender students in the Indian capital also qualify for the 25% school quota for disadvantaged children

Transgender children in New Delhi now qualify as 'disadvantaged' and are eligible for free education at public schools.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said transgender students belonged to the 'disadvantaged category' under the Right to Education Act and were therefore eligible for 25% reservation under the economically weaker section and disadvantaged students for admission.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

September 27, 2014

Cast and show's creator hope groundbreaking TV series will help public acceptance of trans people

Jeffrey Tambor feels like he's landed the part of a lifetime.

The actor, best known for his roles on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show, is now starring in Transparent as a father with three grown children who is transitioning from male to female.

To play transgender female Maura Pfefferman in the dramedy, which premieres tonight on Amazon Prime, Tambor did his homework.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

She said, ‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated.

September 22, 2014

Trans teenager writes groundbreaking picture book I Am Jazz, a story that could help thousands of trans kids by making them feel less alone

'I Am Jazz' is a new children's book set to change the face of transgender children.

Jazz Jennings, the co-author, knew she was a girl from the age of two. Now 14, she wants to help other children like her that feel different from other kids.

Intended for children between the ages of four and eight, Jennings is hoping I Am Jazz will allow children struggling with being transgender to 'step out of their shadows'.

'For transgender kids who are struggling, I want them to know they're not alone,' Jennings told People magazine.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

August 17, 2014

'Islan’s death was not an isolated incident'

A year ago today, 17 August 2013,  Islan Nettles was walking the streets of New York City with her transgender friends.

The group encountered another. Words were exchanged, including transphobic epithets, and a suspect allegedly punched Nettles.

The trans woman fell to the ground, and the suspect continued the attack.

Four days later, the 21-year-old was removed from life support and died.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 19, 2014

The self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shares how her transgender daughter wanted princess dresses, and told her that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone'

'My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.'

Debi Jackson, a self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shared how her transgender daughter, who is now seven, wanted princess dresses, and that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone.'

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

June 30, 2014

The inaugural Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival is seeking submissions from transgender and gender diverse filmmakers and films that explore transgender and gender diverse themes

The organizers of the first ever Tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival have put out the call for submissions for the festival – being held from 21-23 November this year.

The event will be held in partnership with the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival and will be Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of transgender and gender diverse filmmakers as well as films exploring transgender and gender diverse themes and issues.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

June 22, 2014

As part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month, Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will be the first transgender pastor to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral

The Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 22, in a service led by Rev Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

The service is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month and will include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.

June 10, 2014

Man? Woman? Does it matter? Open until 17 August, GenderBlender explores and breaks down traditional gender archetypes

Do you remember the person who made out with Lady Gaga in the prison yard scene of her Telephone music video?

Was he a man? Was she a woman? Does it matter?

The sexual tension was palpable, the scene was an in-your-face reminder that the world doesn’t fit into typical gender binaries, and the world is more colorful for it.

Often times transgender and intersex get looped into the ‘gay and lesbian’ moniker, pushing some misunderstood gender minorities further into a world of obscurity.